The Jedi beard is a proud tradition, one that Luke Skywalker never really got a chance to take part in because his schtick was that he was the new boy fresh of the farm and ready to rock and roll. But if you’re an older, more mature Jedi, it’s practically expected that you grow a dignified, but manly, Jedi beard, and now that Luke is a little more mature, he’s got the facial hair to prove his status as an honored elder in the new Jedi Order. And so does Luke’s portrayer Mark Hamill. (more…)
As tight as security has been on the set and production of Star Wars: Episode VII there have been a couple of leaks aside from the official announcements and marketing material. We recently reported on a sketch purported to be the new Stormtrooper helmet that will be used in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: Episode VII. Now some images has surfaced on the Internet showing us two distinct types of Stormtrooper helmets. (more…)
Word is making the Internet rounds that filming is about to resume later this month for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. The production came to a screeching halt when Harrison Ford was injured on set back in June. Well, not really, there was still plenty of production happening while Ford was laid up, but now it looks like Ford will be returning to the set at the end of this month. (more…)
Star Wars: Rebels is a computer animated series set five years before Episode 4: A New Hope. It is a time of strife and insurgency, as the rebel alliance is taking form in the heat of the Galactic Empire‘s ever-growing strength. Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman are executive producers on the project. According to Kinberg, it’s chock full of brand new characters introduced to the canon storyline, and will also feature a few familiar faces. The first season should run about 16 episodes and in promoting the new show, Lucasfilm Ltd. has released this 3-minute short entitled ‘The Machine In The Ghost.’ (more…)
The Millennium Falcon is a light freighter that had many names since its construction before the Clone Wars. That either makes it a classic or a piece of junk, depending on how high you rank Xibit’s ride pimping skills. Somehow or another, Lando Calrissian got his hands on it and got his hands off it – stupidly losing the property to smuggler Han Solo in a card game. We Star Wars fans know these things because the movies have been out since the late ’70’s. So we know what the ship looks like on the inside, but that was 30 years ago. This thing can’t be getting better with time, but these leaked photos from the Episode 7 set will help you decide that on your own. (more…)
J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilms, and Disney teamed up to use the power of Star Wars Fandom to raise funds for UNICEF Innovation Labs. The Star Wars: Force For Change drive recently hit a milestone surpassing $5 million in total funds including $1 million in matching funds from Disney. To celebrate the achievement, J.J. Abrams tweeted out a nice teaser to fans and announced the winner of the grand prize of a VIP plus one guest visit to the Episode VII set in London, which also includes the opportunity to be in the movie in full makeup and costume. (more…)
Next year, The House of Mouse will be doing more for Star Wars fans than bringing the franchise back to the silver screen–they’ll also be expanding the brand’s presence in their worldwide theme parks in a BIG way:
Disney CEO Bob Iger said on Tuesday during an earnings call that the company is:
The SW presence in Disney’s parks already includes the Star Tours simulator ride in the California, Tokyo, and Paris Disneylands–as well as in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Furthermore, the California and Florida parks feature an interactive show called Jedi Training Academy. Disney’s Hollywood Studios also hosts an annual event known as Star Wars Weekends featuring shows, parades, and some kind of store called–I swear to God–Darth’s Mall.
Hit the jump for the future of Disney’s Star Wars theme park expansion: (more…)
The casting, characters, and outrageous rumors for J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: Episode VII continue to multiply like hungry, horny tribbles on the Internet. Sometimes I feel like Captain James Tiberius Kirk, standing under that storage door in Deep Space Station K7 covered in dead and dying tribbles, wondering how I ever got there, and who the hell is going to clean this mess up. I guess there’s no other way except rolling up those golden sleeves and getting to it. We’ve got Simon Pegg once again confusing and confounding fans about his possible involvement in the franchise, Some words from the confirmed director of Episode VIII, and the man himself, Mark Hamill discussing how wonderful the cast and crew of Star Wars Episode VII are. (more…)
Just two days ago we reported that Devin Faraci of Badass Digest was privy to some tantalizing plot and character details regarding the most anticipated film in the history of the medium (seriously, the last time a movie had this big of an impact on western civilization, it was about a man sneezing).
Today, Faraci throws us more such tidbits–particularly a big hint at the role Gwendoline Christie of Game of Thrones fame appears to be playing.
So far we’ve been lead to believe that John Boyega will be playing the role of an ex-Stormtrooper who joins Daisy Ridley‘s character in a quest to locate Luke Skywalker. Read on to find out who Faraci claims Christie will be portraying: (more…)
It seems like J.J. Abrams may have learned his lesson about his Kafka-esque paranoia about secret keeping after the debacle of Star Trek Into Darkness because he’s once again sneakily giving us a peek at a key prop in Star Wars Episode VII. Although the purpose of the video, like the last one, is to drum up support for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and Programs, Abrams has added a detail to make fans mouths’ water, your first look at the next generation of starfighter used by the Rebels/New Republic in Episode VII. (more…)